|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
alas! can testify but too well: but what spirit--whether good or
evil, I ask not--brought you on board, and whence? Where is your
ship? I thought that all Drake's squadron had left six months
"Our ship, senor, has lain this three years rotting on the coast
near Cape Codera."
"Ah! we heard of that bold adventure--but we thought you all lost
in the interior."
"You did? Can you tell me, then, where the senor governor of La
Guayra may be now?"
"The Senor Don Guzman de Soto," said the commandant, in a somewhat
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Myths and Myth-Makers by John Fiske:
raison que l'Inde et la Grece nous presentent le phenomene de
la plus riche mythologie a cote de la plus profonde
metaphysique. "La conception de la multiplicite dans
l'univers, c'est le polytheisme chez les peuples enfants;
c'est la science chez les peuples arrives a l'age mur.--Renan,
Hist. des Langues Semitiques, Tom. I. p. 9.
We are justified, accordingly, in distinguishing between a
myth and a legend. Though the words are etymologically
parallel, and though in ordinary discourse we may use them
interchangeably, yet when strict accuracy is required, it is
well to keep them separate. And it is perhaps needless, save
Myths and Myth-Makers